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Free School Meals

Please read all the information carefully before submitting an application for free school meals

Who is elligible for Free School Meals?

Free School Meals are available for children who attend a state maintained school on a full time basis.

In order to be elligible the parent / carer must be in receipt of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seakers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit with no element of Working Tax Credit (with a family income of less than £16,190 as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs)
  • National Asylum Seekers Support
  • Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit
  • Employment and Support Allowance - Income-related only

Please note: if you are currently in receipt of Working Tax Credit, then you do not qualify for free school meals.

How to Apply

Pease complete the form (available to download below), using BLOCK CAPITALS.  You should ensure that you have signed the form and return it to the School Office.  Unfortunately, any forms that are not signed or incomplete will be returned to sender and this will lead to a delay in the Free School Meal being given.

Is evidence of Benefit Entitlement Required?

You do not need to provide evidence of your benefit when you submit this form.  We will check your entitlement through the Department of Education's Eligibility Service (ECS).

Download the Free School Meals application form

Music lesson timetables

Music Lesson Registration click here to apply

Autumn Term 2020

Music lessons on most instruments start from Monday 21 September. All the timetables are available to download below. Note that we have multiple teachers for many instruments so new students will need to locate their teacher by looking through all the relevant schedules below. In a change to previous terms, the majority of students' music lessons will be at the same time each week for this term.  Students must note the following:

Instructions to students having music lessons

  • Remember to bring your instrument and music books to school on the day of your lesson
  • You will NOT be able to store your instrument in the music dept at the moment– keep it with you (but you should be able to leave it in your classroom during break and lunch)
  • Come down to the music dept (entrance next to the Food Cube) at the correct time – it is your responsibility to remember!
  • Remember you must wear a FACEMASK
  • Wait outside the room for your lesson, on the designated spot, until your teacher asks you to come in
  • Like all lessons, SANITISE YOUR HANDS before you enter the room (dispensers in corridor).
  • Near the end of your lesson, your teacher will tell you what to write in your yellow practise book (which you will receive in your first lesson)
  • After you have packed away, your teacher will ask you to sanitise your chair, music stand, piano (if you used it) and the door handle on your way out


Music lessons during year group lockdowns using online tuition

In order to continue tuition during the inevitable lockdowns and isolation cases that our students and their families will undergo in the following months, Haringey Music Service have decided to offer online tuition to students who are not in school. Full details, with guidance, are available in the document attached below Online Music Tuition HMS Guidelines. Please note, you must give consent in order for your child to receive online tuition. An email was sent out to families with a link to the consent form. If you did not receive it, please email Ms Stephens to request it. We can only arrange an online lesson with 48 hours notice.

If you have any queries, please email me at sstephens@alexandrapark.school or ask your child to see me in the Music Office P7 any breaktime or before/after school.


Please note:

  • lessons take place on a rotating timetable throughout the school day
  • students are expected to make their own way down to the music department at their alloted lesson time, having informed their class teacher at the start of the school lesson that they will be attending a music lesson
  • we are unable to catch up music lessons missed by students as their teacher is here, ready to teach them
  • music lessons continue throughout the afternoon on Student Progress Days (when normal school lessons are cancelled).  Students should attend their music lesson at the scheduled time on these days (but do not need to wear school uniform, unless they are also attending their parent consultation at which all students in Years 7-11 are expected to wear uniform).
  • students may drop off their instruments in the room where they will have their music lesson (on the morning of their lesson) and collect it on the way out of school at the end of the day.  We ask that students make every effort to take home their instrument on the day of their lesson, otherwise the teaching rooms get very congested! Please note that, during the current COVID situation, students will not be able to store instruments in the department and will need to carry them with them in school.

We offer music lessons on a wide range of instruments from trumpet to drumkit, violin to saz. Around 250 lessons take place each week,with over 220 students learning an instrument or two in school.  If you would like to apply for lessons, please click the link above.


Changing from Single Academy Status to Multi-Academy Status

The Governing Body of Alexandra Park School is considering a proposal to become a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT). This is a relatively straightforward process since APS is already a Single Academy Trust (SAT).  As part of the decision-making process, the Governing Body is seeking the views of parents/carers and it will take these into account before a final decision is made.

The attached letter sets out more detail on the proposal and the attached Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) provides further information.  In summary, schools and academies judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted Inspectors (as is the case with APS) are now responsible for taking a lead role and working collaboratively with other schools, providing support where necessary. APS already works closely with Haringey schools through its designation as a National Teaching Alliance School. The MAT model will enable us to consider what other collaborative arrangements we could put in place to improve and impact positively on educational experiences of a larger number of young people. 

The Governing Body is committed to maintaining and continuing to enhance the outstanding work of Alexandra Park School.  The decision to become a MAT will not impact on that commitment.

The consultation period for this proposal is set out below

Consultation start date
Friday 18 March 2016
Open meeting for parents/carers with the Headteacher and Governors
Wednesday 27 April 2016
6.30pm School Library
Final date for e-mail, written and website responses
Friday 13 May 2016

We look forward to hearing your views. You can give us feedback via the MAT Consultation feedback form (below); by e-mail to sdaley@alexandrapark.school; in writing to the Chair of the Governing Body c/o the Clerk to the Governing Body, Alexandra Park School, Bidwell Gardens, London N11 2AZ.

Michael McKenzie


Letter for parents

Frequently Asked Questions


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Getting to APS


Please note: This is a postal address. Access to the school is not possible through Bidwell Gardens. Access is through Durnsford Recreation Ground or Rhodes Avenue.

Alexandra Park School
Bidwell Gardens, London, N11 2AZ

The main entrance for students is located in Durnsford Recreation Ground.

This entrance is closed during the school day, so visitors and deliveries should use the entrance on Rhodes Avenue, as indicated on the map below.

Walking or Driving to APS


There is no on-site parking at Alexandra Park School. Spaces in the surrounding streets fill very early, but some parking can be found on Rhodes Avenue and Durnsford Road.

Public Transport

The nearest underground station to Alexandra Park School is Bounds Green. The nearest overground station is Alexandra Palace. The bus routes 102, 299 and 184 all stop out the front of Durnsford Recreation Ground.

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